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Humans and Automata A Social Study of Robotics
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The mission of our Securing the Future research program is to proactively mitigate existential risks to humanity and to the biosphere, both natural and technological. We are working with natural scientists, social scientists, humanists, historians, engineers, and futurists around specific responses to such risks.

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Catastrophic Risks Reading List

Bostrom, N. and M. Cirkovic eds. 2007. Global Catastrophic Risks

Hughes, J. 2007. "Global Technology Regulation and Potentially Apocalyptic Technological Threats,", in Nanoethics: The Ethical and Social Implications of Nanotechnology (2007)

Hughes, J. 2008. "Millennial Tendencies in Responses to Apocalyptic Threats" in Global Catastrophic Risks eds. Nick Bostrom and Milan M. Cirkovic. Oxford University Press. 2008. pgs 72-89

Bostrom, N. "Existential Risks: Analyzing Human Extinction Scenarios and Related Hazards"

Bostrom, N. "Dinosaurs, Dodos, Humans?" (pdf) by Nick Bostrom

Posner, R. Catastrophe: Risk and Response

Leslie, J. The End of the World: The Science and Ethics of Human Extinction

Rees, M. Our Final Hour: A Scientist's Warning: How Terror, Error, and Environmental Disaster Threaten Humankind's Future In This Century - On Earth and Beyond

Matheny, J. "Reducing the risk of human extinction"

OECD. 2003. Emerging Systemic Risks in the 21st Century: An Agenda for Action (pdf)

World Economic Forum. 2006. Global Risks 2006 (pdf)

Ikle, F. Annihilation from Within: The Ultimate Threat to Nations

Hanson, R. 2007. "Catastrophe, Social Collapse, and Human Extinction" (pdf)

Freitas, R. "Some Limits to Global Ecophagy, with Public Policy Recommendations"
Joy, B. 2000. "Why the Future Doesn't Need Us" Wired Magazine.

Leslie, J. 1996. The End of the World

Matheny, J. 2006. Reducing the Risk of Human Extinction

Posner, R. 2004. Catastrophe: Risk and Response

Preston, R. 2002. The Demon in the Freezer

Rees, M. 2003. Our Final Hour

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Recent IEET Risk News

"Could You Survive Nuclear Fallout?"  Nov 29, 2015

"How Digital Media Finally Enables Distributed Enterprise"  Nov 28, 2015

"How much should we care for virtual mice?"  Nov 27, 2015

"Obfuscation: protect privacy by destroying the Web!" by David Brin  Contrary Brin   Nov 27, 2015

"Network Society Interview with David Orban"  Nov 26, 2015

"After Paris, can we be both safe and free?" by David Brin  Contrary Brin   Nov 25, 2015

"Anonymous vs ISIS: Vigilante justice in the War against Terrorism" by Stefan Morrone  Ethical Technology   Nov 24, 2015

"These Robots Come to the Rescue after a Disaster"  Nov 24, 2015

"APM, Nanotech and a Solution to Middle-Eastern Stability" by Stefan Morrone  Ethical Technology   Nov 23, 2015

IEET Books on Risks

Surviving AI: The promise and peril of artificial intelligence by Calum Chace (2015)

The End of the Beginning: Life, Society and Economy on the Brink of the Singularity by Ben Goertzel (2015)

Humans and Automata A Social Study of Robotics by Riccardo Campa (2015)

The End: What Science and Religion Tell Us about the Apocalypse by Phil Torres (2015)

Envisioning Politics 2.0 by David Wood and Alexander Karran eds. (2015)

A Dangerous Master: How to Keep Technology from Slipping Beyond Our Control by Wendell Wallach (2015)

Artificial Superintelligence: A Futuristic Approach by Roman Yampolskiy (2015)

Apex by Ramez Naam (2015)

The Second Intelligent Species by Marshall Brain (2015)

Anticipating Tomorrow’s Politics by Ed. David Wood (2015)

Ten Years To the Singularity If We Really Really Try: ... and other Essays on AGI and its Implicatio by Ben Goertzel (2014)

Virtually Human: The Promise—-and the Peril—-of Digital Immortality by Martine Rothblatt (2014)

Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies by Nick Bostrom (2014)

Intelligence Unbound: The Future of Uploaded and Machine Minds by Russell Blackford and Damien Broderick eds. (2014)

Between Ape and Artilect: Conversations with Pioneers of AGI and Other Transformative Technologies by Ben Goertzel ed. (2014)

Crux by Ramez Naam (2013)

The Infinite Resource: The Power of Ideas on a Finite Planet by Ramez Naam (2013)

The Transhumanist Reader: Classical and Contemporary Essays by eds. Max More and Natasha Vita-More (2013)

Artificial Slaves: Androids and Intelligent Networks in Early Modern Literature and Culture by Kevin LaGrandeur (2013)

Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now by Douglas Rushkoff (2012)

Hybrid Reality: Thriving in the Emerging Human-Technology Civilization by Parag Khanna & Ayesha Khanna (2012)

The Astrobiological Landscape: Philosophical Foundations of the Study of Cosmic Life by Milan M. Cirkovic (2012)

Robot Ethics: The Ethical and Social Implications of Robotics by Patrick Lin (2011)

Invent Utopia Now, Transhumanist Suggestions for the Pre-Singularity Era by Hank Pellissier (2011)

Hacking the Earth by Jamais Cascio (2009)

Global Catastrophic Risks by eds. Nick Bostrom and Milan M. Cirkovic (2008)

Get Back in the Box : Innovation from the Inside Out by Douglas Rushkoff (2005)

Citizen Cyborg: Why Democratic Societies Must Respond to the Redesigned Human of the Future by James Hughes (2004)

Converging Technologies for Improving Human Performance by Mihail Roco and William Sims Bainbridge (2003)

Transhuman Space: Broken Dreams by Jamais Cascio (2003)

Two Stars for Peace: The Case for Using U.S. Statehood to Achieve Lasting Peace in the Middle East by Martine Rothblatt (2003)

Manna by Marshall Brain (2002)

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